Evolution in action at Public Transport Victoria

I’ve written about broken Myki gates before, but the other day I found an example of evolution in action.

In the early days of the Myki rollout, defective ticket barriers were blocked with the same ‘No Entry’ signs used to close off defective sets of escalators.

'No Entry' signs blocking access to a defective ticket barrier

As Myki failures increased, new ‘Temporary Unavailable’ flags in a natty Myki green were rolled out to stations.

'Temporary Unavailable' at Flagstaff station due to a broken barrier paddle

And finally, the fancy looking Public Transport Victoria version.

Broken myki gates at Melbourne Central

It reads:

Gate not in use
Please go to next available gate
Public Transport Victoria apologises for any inconvenience caused

If only the design of the Myki gates themselves was evolving as quickly as the signs that are used to closed off defective examples!

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2 Responses to “Evolution in action at Public Transport Victoria”

  1. Shaun Clarke says:

    To be fair, most of the faults with myki barriers are probably due to them being mistreated. I’ve seem people full on kick the barrier with their full force before.

    • Marcus Wong says:

      Metcard barriers were not immune to faults – but finding a damaged set was rare:

      Metcard barrier with one half of the paddle stuck open

      I do wonder whether the Myki gates that replaced them are strong enough to stand up to the punishment put upon them by the scrotes of Melbourne.

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